Monday, December 30, 2013

What Lil Kim had to say about her Before and After appearance

Lil Kim Before & After
“I miss the old Kim” is a statement that is lingering in the entertainment world especially by the 90s hip-hop lovers and they are not just referring to her catchy hooks and feisty punch lines, but also her appearance. Anyone that has a good vision can assume that she has had a bit of cosmetic work done on her face. However, some could say she’s barely recognizable. It’s rather unclear whether or not she has regrets about her drastic change in appearance, but it does seem to be a rather touchy subject for the Brooklyn rappers. The rapper, whose real name is Kimberly Denise Jones know has an unrecognizable face, that includes what appears to be a lighter skin, fuller cheekbones and a smaller nose. Her new look surfaced after several months reports stated that she had undergo a plastic surgery.

 When Kim was asked about the media's fixation on her face during an interview with Rolling Out, in her replies she stated, no disrespect, no shade, but I'm not going to answer [that] question. Then she went on saying that she think that's kinda corny and she doesn't know how to answer that. "That's not a question I would answer," she continued. "I'm blessed. That's all I can say and I am who I am." She was more willing to discuss her current thoughts about finding love with a possibility of getting married. She went along by saying, if it happens, it happens and she is not going to fight it, because at the end of the day she feels as if she can have both.

Do you think people should discontinue talking about Kim's appearance?
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Usain Bolt as a lady & baby in commercial

Just when I thought we have seen it all..... Usain Bolt dressed as a woman and a baby for a new Virgin Media commercial....

In the commercial Usain Bolt plays a whole family setting of different characters in Virgin Media's latest multi-million pound advertising campaign.

View the entire commercial here:

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Nanshy Foundation Face Brushes Review

I found these Nanshy face brush after doing a thoroughly research by reading reviews etc. I was just looking for a face brush that can do the job. After reading reviews I thought to myself maybe I should go ahead and by the 5 set foundation face brush that consist of a: 
  1. Angled Buffer Brush
  2. Flat Angled Buffer Brush
  3. Pointed Brush
  4. Flat Top Buffer Brush 
  5. and a Round Buffer Brush. 

When to shop online/in store for beauty products

Newsletters!We all get them, then we go ahead and open the countless emails with the catchy headline persuading us to try the latest beauty craze. However,it is hard to decide what beauty product can be bought online without an expert advice or without being able to test out the shade or look at the color payoff. There is a time and place for everything and this article will inform you when it's more convenient to shop online or in stores. To help you budget better, here are six times when it's the best time to should online and four times in stores.

When it's Appropriate to Shop Beauty Online
  1. If there is money back guarantee: Some online sites will offer a full refund if you try a product you ordered and don't like it. If this is the case then go ahead and buy your beauty product.
  2. There is a Sale: whether it's 10% - 50% off you are welcome to splurge on beauty products, once your getting a great deal.
  3. For one more day, get 50% off site-wide on purchases of $30 or more at! Use coupon code LASTBLAST, Friday, 12/27 only! Shop now!
  4. Have knowledge of the brand: If you have used various products before from a certain brand and trust what the company has to offer, then what's stopping you. Go ahead and buy that second product from that brand.
  5. You are Repurchasing: Too busy to go to the store, then why not shop online. This will save you a lot of time, not to mention deliveries are fast and you already know the product.
  6. Limited Edition: this is when your favorite celeb collaborates with your favorite makeup line and they offer a midnight release online sale, then this is the time you can order online. Most times these limited edition products gets sold out in stores and you can guarantee you're going to get the product you want if you order quickly online.
  7. Research: If you watch tutorials, read blogs, visit beauty forums online then you know all of this fall in the category of research, you will be ready to order.

When You Need to Shop Offline/In-stores
  1. New Skincare Products: never buy skin care products without being able to test, ordering with a blind eye not a requirement. The skin is very sensitive and delicate, it requires you to test in person to avoid later damages to the skin surface.
  2. Bold Colors: some shades will look completely different online than when you actually see it yourself, unlike neutrals.
  3. Trends: Some beauty fads can be quite expensive and they normally come and go. For instance blue mascara wasn't meant for everyone, so it needs to be tried out and see if it fits before purchasing for best results.  
  4. New Fragrances: Anxious about that new fragrance, then why not stop in stores and scent it for yourself, even though online descriptions have gotten extremely detailed, the scent can still be a bit of turn-off for some of us.
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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Worst beauty trends of 2013

For all the fabulous hairstyles, bold lip colors whether ombre or natural lip colors that became trends, there are a few beauty trends that fell short of impressive. In fact, they were so terrible that we would like to forget all about them, but only if we could. These various style has been feature on the red carpet and even on the runway; however there are just certain hairstyles and makeup looks that should never see the light of day.

In one final run through of this year 2013 terrible trends, down below are some looks that we are trying to forget.

Half Shaved Head: Rihanna is an exception to this example, there's is practically no one on the face of earth that looks good with an half shaved head. Besides the fact that it is not natural.

Bleached Eyebrows: Ladies spare the chemicals on the eyebrows

Full Pieces of Glitter as Makeup: Full appliques should not be used on the face, same goes gemstones unless it's Halloween. Chanel runway show an exception.

Black Swan Eyeshadow:  With a smokey eye and a black swan eye there surely is a fine line, and while we love wearing good graphic liner, the lids covered in black shadow overtakes the face. Not much to say about January Jones....

Wet Hair Look: For a quick hairdo the wet hair will work, but what happens if it dries out....It's another thing to entirely make your hair look wet, but why would you purposely leave your hair wet with the intention to keep it that way.

Pompadours: Ok! Ladies lets leave this one on the runway, wearing this hairdo during the day it comes off as costumey and a bit ridiculous and we don't want that. Even though it's a bit classier than Snooki's pouf.

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High Quality Product review

M.A.C Prep + Prime (price $16)
This is a lip primer that should be applied to the lip before applying lipstick. It makes the lipstick last longer than usual, and it also moistens the lips.For best result leave it on for about 60 sec before applying lipstick. If applied around lip line, it prevents the lipstick from bleeding.

  • adds to the longevity of lip colour
  • moistens lips
  • wears better with M.A.C lipsticks
they're Real benefit mascara (travel size)
The mascara wand gives a great definition/separation of lashes, even though i would normally use a clean wand and still comb through I enjoy wearing this mascara. It makes my lashes look full and long. I think its the formula that gives length and thickness. It doesn't flake or smudge unlike cheaper brands.

  • Separates lashes
  • stay put all day
  • waterproof
  • volume
  • length
and I could go on........

watts up benefit highlighter
I don't really use highlighters.. I got this one as a gift. Thanks! Sephora

Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer (price $10)
If you are looking for the perfect canvas to lay your concealer/foundation then you have the right choice. This will make your makeup stay in place all day with little or no touch up.

M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation (price $27)
This foundation is one of the best on the market, it is very noticeable unlike the rest. It doesn't leave your clothes looking messy and it can give you a full coverage matte finish. However application must be quick as the foundation sets very quickly. I would also recommend that you get a pump (sold separate).                                                              

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How to Apply Color Corrector

When it comes on to treating skin conditions and even regular skin discolorations color correctors comes in handy as a very useful makeup tool. To get that perfectly flawless looking skin, using these is helpful as it even out skin irritation and hyper-pigmentation in your complexion, including redness or scarring.

By determining your skin issue may be the best way to use a color corrector. For instance, if you suffer from redness or rosacea, then your skin might be red and inflamed. If this is the case, then a color corrector is required, sometimes called a neutralizer, in the color green. The main reason for this is that green corrector will perfectly neutralize deep redness on the skin. This can also be helpful if you have severely inflamed acne. 

Keep in mind that a color corrector has a heavier coverage than a regular concealer. However, if you wear mineral makeup you can use the powdered version of a yellow color corrector for easy coverage like BareMinerals Redness Remedy. If you have Rosacea, which is often red and inflamed, it is recommended that you use a powdered mineral makeup yellow color corrector; it is gentler on the skin. 
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

NYX Haul and Swatches

NYX Haul

My NYX Cosmetics beauty haul consist of:
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils
NYX Slim Lip Pencils
NYX Slim Eye Pencils
NYX Blotting Paper
NYX Orange Color Corrector/concealer
NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil


Ipsy December 2013 Glam bag (review)

I have received my December glam bag quiet awhile now and I love almost everything in my bag except the NYX Lipstick, it's just not my shade.

Type: Beauty Glam Bag
Cost: $10/month or 110/yearly

For each month of the year paid subscribers will receive a Glam bag stuff with beauty products whether deluxe samples and full-sized products. Members are asked to take a personalized quiz when signing up that will help to curate the glam bag. One can also watch and play along with the stylists using the same products provided in their glam bag. Each subscribers get a small cosmetic glam bag containing 4-6 products that range from make-up, nail polishes and hair products. The Ipsy points also allows members to get a shot at 3 bonuses available that will cost at least 1000 points each.

Ipsy Dec 2013 Glam Bag

Items Included:
Pop Beauty Bright Up Your Life Eye Shadow Trio 
Sample Price $7.20
Full Price $24

Be a Bombshell The One Stick Blush (flustered) Price $16

I don't normally use blush, but I am glad I could have given this a try. I love the color and it glides on easily, but be careful you might apply too much. Just a little will do the job...... I guess it can be use as a highlighter also or an eye shadow, you can use it either way you like.

Nicka K nail polish (Taupe)
Price $4.99

I have been looking for a taupe nail polish to buy and I didn't find any, instead I got myself another nail polish in the color brown. I was excited when I saw this Nicka K nail polish in my glam room and I am happy I got it in the color Taupe. The nail polish brush came broken, so I just used a brush from one of my old nail polish. I am sure iPsy would replace it once I contact iPsycare. I currently polished my nails with this Nicka K Taupe color and I love it!!!

Mirabella Eye Blender Brush
Price $27

 Another eye blender brush added to my collection, it blends eye makeup very well, comparing to the elf essential eye blender brush.....
It shows no signs of shedding.

NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick (LSS 600 Mute)
Price $4.00

This color is very ugly....#notmuchtosay

The Glam bag is worth a total of $59.19, but I only spent $10. It's worth my $10 spent every month....

The BHcosmetic Galaxy Chic in sun, which was suppose to be in my November 2013 Glam Bag and the Beautyblender that I got also was with my points earned by referring friends, reviewing my glam bag etc.

Get discount coupons

If you want to be apart of the monthly subscription glam bag then join me on ipsy and subscribe to the Glam Bag! You get 4-5 beauty products every month delivered to your door, for just $10. Michelle Phan curates the bags! Check it out here:

You can watch my Ipsy Dec 2013 Glam Bag review here:

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Monday, December 23, 2013

The Beautyblender

The Beauty Blender

Getting perfect natural looking foundation coverage can be a bit frustrated at times. There are various tools that can be used to accomplish this task, but which do you use? A sponge, fingers or one of those fancy face foundation brushes?

How to get Softer Lips


Scaly, dry or cracked lips can be a big turn off and people often think you are unhealthy because of this issue. Dry lips are easy to fix, you just have to maintain them. Below is a few pointers that will help you to get smoother or softer lips.

How to get rid of Nail Stains

Nail Stain/Discolored Nail
The consistent use of nail polish can leave a haggard looking yellow stain and discoloration on your nails that will look very unattractive. There are two options that be used to remove stained nails that you want to get rid of.

One of course is to cut your nails and allow it to grow back fresh; the other is to remove the stains by using different methods. Women generally love their nails properly done as they will like to apply nail polish once in a while, when the mood strikes them. That being the case, here are some clever tips or pointers that will help you to get rid of nail stains.
Homemade remedies to remove nail stains
  • Use a cup of bleach mixed with warm water. Take a toothbrush and gently use it on your nails, by slowly scrubbing away to remove the stubborn yellow stains. They will require some persistent scrubbing although most stains will come off with this powerful homemade nail cleaner. Wash  your hands thoroughly afterward and also apply some moisturizer to soothe the skin that might have come in contact with bleach
  • Get toothpaste that consist of peroxide and, use the toothbrush to smear on some of the peroxide toothpaste, that’s known for its whitening properties, to remove stains. This is safer than bleach although slightly less effective. However, it might be very effective for you if you have very mild yellow stains
  • Lemon juice and certain oils like lavender oil are also very good at removing nail stains. Squeeze out a few drops and use a cotton pad to gently wipe off the stains. Reapply the oil or lemon juice once in a while and also swap out the cotton pad every few seconds to get the best results.
  • Another unique way to use lemons to rid your nail stains is to take half of a lemon and poke your finger into it. Move your nail around in such a way that it becomes soaked with the lemon juice, both from the inside and the outside. After a couple of minutes, use a toothbrush or a cotton pad to wipe out the nail’s discoloration
  • If home remedies are not quite cutting it, you can always use a store bought nail polish remover to get rid of really tough stains, even if you don’t have any nail polish on. Instead of following the directions on the nail polish remover bottle, just soak your nails in the solution and then use a toothbrush to brush off the stains after a minimum of 10 minutes of soaking
  • Hydrogen peroxide is also an excellent stain remover for nails. Use a 3% strength solution of hydrogen peroxide that is mixed in with an equal amount of water and then soak your fingernails for about 5-10 minutes. Then use a toothbrush to gently remove the stains afterwards.
  • Baking soda when mixed with water can also be an excellent stain remover. Make a thick paste by mixing baking soda and water together and then use a toothbrush to scrub away the stains, to reveal gleaming nails that you can show off
  • Rub a drop of lemon juice or lavender oil on nails and buff out the stain with a nail buffer.
  • By dropping 2 dentures cleaning tablets into a glass quarter filled with water then soaking and scrubbing nails in the solution will also remove stains.
When using nail cleansing solutions like baking soda, hydrogen peroxide or lemon juice, it is important that you rinse your hands and nails clean. It is recommended that you should also use moisturizer for the skin on your hands as well.

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